Choral society to present 32nd Christmas concert The...

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November 25, 2001

Choral society to present 32nd Christmas concert

The Carroll County Choral Society, under the direction of Herb Sell, will present its 32nd annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at Westminster High School.

The program, "Holiday Joy," will feature "Mary, Did You Know?" "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," "Go Tell It," "Caroling, Caroling," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and the Hallelujah Chorus.

Concert accompanists will include Beverly Wells, Lew Keyser and Gary Mauck.

An offering will be taken.

The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Information: 410-549- 6827 or 410-848-9080.

Festival of Wreaths is Tuesday to Saturday

The Carroll County Arts Council will hold its fourth annual Festival of Wreaths from Tuesday to Saturday in the Winchester Exchange in downtown Westminster.

This year's festival will feature awards for the Most Patriotic Wreath and the Spirit-of-Peace Wreath. At least 10 percent of the proceeds from the auction of the wreaths will go to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, whose offices were destroyed in the World Trade Center attack Sept. 11.

The public may vote for their favorite wreaths in various categories and also bid on wreaths. Last year's event featured 138 wreaths and raised more than $10,000. More than 120 wreaths are registered for this year.

Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bidding will close at 4 p.m. Saturday. Free children's crafts will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A handcrafted Santa Claus, dressed in deep-red velvet and fur, will be raffled. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Mack Bailey, Christina Muir to sing at Baldwin's Station

Mack Bailey from Hard Travelers and Christina Muir from Hot Soup! will perform together at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville.

Bailey will sing from his new CD, When I Dream. Muir, daughter of folk singer Ann Mayo Muir, will offer harmony.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $14, in advance.

Baldwin's is at 7618 Main St.

Information: 410-795-1041.

Gift books to be featured at Books Sandwiched In

The next Books Sandwiched In at Western Maryland College will feature books for holiday gifts with reviews by WMC associate librarian Jane Sharpe.

The one-hour session at noon Thursday in McDaniel Lounge will focus on this year's gift books. The program will cover about a dozen selections from cookbooks to murder mysteries.

Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Information: 410-857-2281.

R&B band Nuance to play at Alumni Hall

Nuance is the perfect name for a group of five guys from Baltimore who will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in Alumni Hall at Western Maryland College.

Each member offers something slightly different and, blended together, the mix gives Nuance a new sound, said manager Keith Pinkney.

Four of the band members, known as Brisq, Dirt, Raad and Staccato, met at school. The fifth member is known as Neo. "We're musical fanatics," said Dirt, who calls himself the philosopher of the group. "We like to see what [other musicians] have, what they don't have, what they do and what they don't do."

Although officially labeled rhythm and blues, the members of Nuance pride themselves on their musical variety in a show where they are just as likely to break into a cover of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination" as they are to quick-step into hip-hop.

Raad plays bass; Staccato plays piano, guitar and violin; and Brisq plays piano and guitar. Nuance has a backup band for its live sets. The band also has something special planned for fans dressed in pink.

Tickets to the concert are $12 for non-WMC students.

Information: 410-857-2765.

Christmas concert includes pep talk by television star

International entertainers Maria Rose and Danny Elswick have traveled the world for the USO and are musically involved with organizations such as the Special Olympics, The Arc and the Down Syndrome Society.

To promote the musical talents of disabled persons, Rose formed PerformAbilities. The board of directors includes actor Chris Burke from the show Life Goes On.

PerformAbilities will present a holiday concert, "An All-American Christmas," at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster High School. Burke will deliver a motivational talk on what a disabled person can accomplish.

Also performing will be Bob Plunkert of Westminster, who recently released a CD, Your Old Standby, featuring a combination of classic country and bluegrass songs. Kevin Booth will perform Christmas songs of Elvis Presley, and a group performance will feature members of The Arc of Carroll County.

The concert is free and the performers will be available for photos and autographs afterward.

The concert will feature Christmas songs and patriotic songs, including Rose's new release, "(We Need to Be) The RE-United States."

Information: 410-254-9392.

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